In this section
Find details about watering restrictions in your area.
Find information and tips for saving water indoors and outdoors, such as locating and fixing leaks and practicing efficient irrigation and lawn maintenance.
Search a database of plants and find tips to help make your landscape waterwise.
Find out exactly how much water you use in and outside your home with this interactive survey and report.
How much water is loss through a pinhole-sized leak? What about a leak through a circular pipe break? Try the free online tool from the Missouri Rural Water Association to find out.
Get details on how you can save water inside and outside of your home or business through this voluntary certification program.
Learn how wastewater can be safely used so that fresh groundwater can be preserved for essential uses such as drinking, cooking and bathing.
Learn about district technical assistance
on water conservation activities.
Gross per capita water use has decreased since 1978
Since 1978, total public supply water use, which represents 54% of total water use, has increased by 135% (from 233.84 million gallons per day (mgd) to 549.26 mgd)). At the same time, total population served by public supply has increased 185% (from 1,460,900 to 4,166,048 persons). In the five-year period ending in 2015, public supply water use decreased 3% (from 565.50 mgd to 549.26 mgd), while population served by public supply increased 2% from 4,096,942 to 4,166,048 persons.
Factors such as conservation, less landscape irrigation with potable water and increases in multifamily housing occupancy can decrease the gross per capita rates. Conversely, expanded tourism and other commercial development, larger irrigated lots, and increases in single family housing can increase the gross per capita rates. Since 1978, gross per capita water use has decreased from 160 gallons per person per day to 132 gallons per person per day.
Water conservation is important in Florida
Florida is not only the Sunshine State, it is also a state with many waterways. Florida is surrounded on three sides by water, with many lakes, streams, creeks and rivers. With all of this water, many people may not realize there is a need for us all to conserve water. That’s because not all of this water is fresh or readily available for drinking and other uses. In addition, Florida’s weather is fickle — long periods of wet weather may be followed by long periods of dry weather.
The St. Johns River Water Management District has been committed to water conservation for many years. At the core of the district’s mission is protecting and ensuring the sustainability of Florida’s water resources, both belowground in the Floridan aquifer system and aboveground in our many waterways.
Water conservation is the cornerstone of Florida’s water sustainability. Likewise, the district believes that conservation is a critical strategy in meeting the current and future water supply needs of our state. In addition to conservation, new strategies and technologies are needed to meet future water supply needs.
Ongoing conservation program
As part of its consumptive use permitting process, the district requires all permit holders to use water as efficiently as possible. Water supply utilities are required to implement conservation rate structures, perform water audits to ensure system efficiency and develop programs for the use of reclaimed water.
Industry, agriculture and recreational users, such as golf courses, must use reclaimed water or storm water for irrigation where feasible and implement additional rigorous water conservation measures. Agricultural water users must demonstrate water conservation techniques by upgrading to more efficient irrigation systems and implementing best management practices. Golf courses are required to reduce the amount of acreage irrigated, install irrigation systems that reduce the volume of water used, and install soil moisture and rain sensors.
The greatest water savings can be realized outdoors, where more than half of residential water is used on lawns and landscapes. Year-round watering restrictions are in place to ensure that water used for irrigation is used efficiently.
In addition, the district promotes water conservation through the Florida Water StarSM program, which focuses on water efficiency in residential and commercial developments, and other outreach and education to adults and stakeholder groups. Programs for youth include The Great Water OdysseySM, a multidisciplinary computer curricula that introduces students to the world of water through science, history, geography, social studies, reading and math.